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Why Vets Get Kicked

March 01, 2006

A Swiss study of kick injuries to veterinarians found that the risk of injury to those treating horses is highest when performing painful procedures on the horse. In the study, Sabina Jaeggin, an assistant in the Vetsuisse Fakulty in Zurich,... Read More

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California Owner Charged with Cruelty

March 01, 2006

On Jan. 13, prosecutors filed criminal charges against a California owner of 35 horses seized by animal control officials in December 2005. The bony, malnourished horses ranged from weanlings to geriatrics.

Mendocino County Animal Care... Read More

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Jockey Club Inspects Thoroughbred Broodmares

March 01, 2006

As a follow-up to a rule revision last August that added provisions for field inpections, The Jockey Club (TJC) sent two teams of representatives to Thoroughbred farms in six states in December 2005 to examine broodmares with early 2005 breeding... Read More

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The Equine Eye: Ocular Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

March 01, 2006

Well before an ocular emergency occurs, you should familiarize yourself with the easily visible outer structures of a horse's eye. Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular... Read More

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Toronto Police Horse Killed On Duty

March 01, 2006

The city of Toronto is mourning the death of 9-year-old "Brigadier," a member of the Metro Police Mounted Unit. The horse had both front legs broken in what is being described as the deliberate impact of a minivan on Friday, Feb. 24. ... Read More

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Platinum Performance And Farnam Reach Settlement

March 01, 2006

Platinum Performance reported on Feb. 28 it reached an agreement with Farnam in its lawsuit to prevent Farnam’s use of the name “Platform Performance” on a line of equine products.

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First 2006 Florida EEE Cases Emerge

March 01, 2006

By March 1, the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) season in Florida was already underway, and Florida veterinarians remind horse owners to make sure their horses are vaccinated against the disease, which can have a mortality rate of up to... Read More

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Groups File Injunction to Halt Horsemeat Inspections

March 01, 2006

On Feb. 22, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with several other groups filed for an injunction to prevent the inspections of horsemeat (scheduled to start March 10) until a pending lawsuit prohibiting the fee-for-service... Read More

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Auction Benefits Morgan Retirement Farm

February 24, 2006

(Edited press release)

The second annual Elysian Fields: The Justin Morgan Association for Retired Equines (EF:JMARE) Stallion Service Charity Auction online ends this Sunday, Feb. 26.

EF:JMARE is a 501(c)(3)... Read More

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Wisconsin Barn Quarantined; One Neurologic EHV-1 Case Confirmed

February 24, 2006

The Hoofer Equestrian Center (HEC) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, voluntarily quarantined its lower barn on Feb. 8, after two horses housed at the facility showed neurologic signs of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1). Both horses were... Read More

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Georgia Neurologic Case Highlights Difficulty of Rule-Outs

February 23, 2006

A 24-year-old pleasure mare in Brunswick, Ga., was recently diagnosed with concurrent infections of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1), both of which can cause clinical signs of neurologic disease... Read More

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New Treatment for Osteoarthritis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 23, 2006

Horses treated with ACS were observed to have significantly improved lameness in osteoarthritis joints at the end of the study weeks after the last treatment compared with placebo-treated horses.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammation and Pregnancy Rates

February 23, 2006

Before heading to a breeding shed in Central Kentucky, most farms require all mares to have a clean uterine culture to look for bacteria. According to Thomas Riddle, DVM, a founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky, uterine... Read More

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Locomotion: The Way a Horse Moves (Book Excerpt)

February 23, 2006

Locomotion is at the very heart of what most domesticated horses do for a living. The way a horse moves (specifically) often is taken for granted. Locomotion is directly linked to conformation as it dictates "the way a horse moves."... Read More

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Making the Most of Microchips

February 22, 2006

ID numbers should be in a searchable database

While microchips were helpful in reuniting horses with owners after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it was generally because owners had proof of horses' microchip numbers. Since 1994,... Read More

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New Drug Penalty Regulation in Kentucky Expires

February 21, 2006

A 90-day emergency regulation governing infractions of Kentucky equine medication rules expired Feb. 15 and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) reverted back to the old rules that were previously in place.

The new regulation... Read More

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Platinum Performance Earns an "A" Rating and Quality Seal from NASC

February 20, 2006

As the result of a recent quality systems audit, the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has conferred an "A" rating and Quality Seal on Platinum Performance, Inc. The NASC is an industry group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the... Read More

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Suspected Neurologic Herpes Case in Wisconsin

February 20, 2006

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine has very strong evidence that a horse treated and euthanatized at the university had the neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), according to a Feb. 14 memo that... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Preventing Contagious Diseases

February 20, 2006

"Prevention of contagious diseases is dependent on an effective vaccination program and a carefully developed and strictly enforced management program," said Steve Conboy, DVM, a Central Kentucky equine practitioner, at the 2005 American... Read More

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California Horse Racing Board to Require Polytrack Installation at Tracks

February 19, 2006

California racing associations that operate meets of at least four continuous weeks would be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of dates, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) decided Feb.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Reproduction/Perinatology Forum

February 17, 2006

It's important that all the players in an industry speak the same language, and the Reproduction/Perinatology Forum on Dec. 3 at the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in Seattle, Wash., tried to help equine veterinarians do... Read More

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Purchase Exam at Auction (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

While consignors used to hate these exams, they are now very welcoming of it because it's opportunity for them to assess action on the horse (how many people are seriously looking at the horse).... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

February 17, 2006

Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding in the lungs after exercise, costs the United States horse racing industry a great deal--estimated at up to $260 million per year by Kenneth W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

A racehorse running at top speed breathes about 120 times per minute, moving about 12-15 liters of air per breath or 1,400-1,800 liters per minute. With this amount of airflow, it's not hard to imagine that any amount of airway inflammation can... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Upper Airway Obstructive Disease

February 17, 2006

"Before high-speed treadmill (HSTM) endoscopy, we did not recognize the complexity of maintaining a open airway under enormous pressure swings during inspiration and expiration (breathing in and out)," said Eric Parente, DVM, associate professor... Read More